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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York, though I now embrace the Pacific Northwest as home, residing with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.

Thoughts of Color

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Bits Of Inspiration ~ Mi Young Lee Mi Young Lee’s philosophy about her painting is, “The style and techniques I utilize in translating my feelings to images have grown from within myself as … Continue reading

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The Ballad of Stanley Squirrel

Written for:  Poetic Asides April 2017 Challenge – Day 22 Write a fable poem.  (conveys a moral, usually told with animal characters) A haughty squirrel named Stanley, refused to share nuts and similar staples of life. No wife. Kept to … Continue reading

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Chinese Fan

Written for:  Poetic Asides April 2017 Challenge – Day 21 For today’s prompt, pick an object (any object), make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could include: “Toothbrush,” “Rake,” “Pilot G2 Premium Gel … Continue reading

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Packing

Written for:  Poetic Asides April 2017 Challenge – Day 20 Write a task poem. Each day my task is the same, pack this wrap that, mark the box. There’s no way to make it a game. Each day my task … Continue reading

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Hi Neighbor,

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Fireblossom Friday : Corvid and sit a while. As most of you know, a group of crows is called a “murder” of crows. Crows are often used in literature and films to convey … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Holiness/Holy Day Your Challenge:  Write a new poem about a specific Holy Day or about the concept of Holiness. Serious and silent, Dad appeared mystical on Yom Kippur. From sundown to sundown, he fasted, and … Continue reading

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Greetings!

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Tuesday Poetics:  Wish You Were Here (posted by whimsygizmo) Write a postcard poem. Your poem can be serious, funny, fun, tongue-in-cheek, gleeful or melancholy. Just be sure it’ll fit on a postcard (think 12 … Continue reading

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Their Fiftieth

Written for:  Poetic Asides April 2017 Challenge  Day 19 Write a memory poem. Mom, I am thinking about Eating dinner with family gathered, Dad Making a toast On your fiftieth wedding anniversary, Recalling his words, You are the gem in … Continue reading

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Wordle Haiku

Written for:  Carpe Diem Gift #1 Full Circle-“New Life” The goal is to use twelve (12) words to create four (4) haiku. These haiku you have to create following the numbers 1 to 12, for example … for your first haiku … Continue reading

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Temperament

Written for:  The Twiglets, “sour and dark” Her sour temperament left a dark spot on his heart. https://thetwiglets.wordpress.com/  

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